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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   1953 Cloumbia 5 Star........... posted by: Fred A on 7/5/2004 at 8:46:24 PM
Hi all. Any chance that someone out there has a set of truss rods and a green & cream tank for a 1953 woman's Columbia 5 Star Superb? I picked the bike up yesterday at a garage sale and would like to complete it.

Email me at: fappel@optonline.net


AGE / VALUE:   UNION FLYER posted by: Tim on 7/4/2004 at 12:36:15 AM
Anyone ever here of a union flyer bike (arcadia model) it looks pretty cool but I suspect it`s junk.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   early '70's columbia with not quite baloon tires posted by: jay on 7/2/2004 at 11:16:36 PM
I have 3 mens and one womens Columbia bikes from the early 70s. I am wondering if there is any one who collects this type of bike or is in the market for this kind of bike. They are in like new condition and have a light built into the cross bar. Please respond if you want a picture or any other info about the bikes. Thanks

WANTED:   26" heavyweight Schwinn fork (no springer) posted by: Kurt K on 7/2/2004 at 10:30:41 PM
Looking for a reasonably priced 26" heavyweight Schwinn fixed fork, not a springer. Paint and paint condition is not important.

As long as the fork's head tube thread is useable and that the metal is clean - surface rust is of no concern to me, deep rust that Bondo can't fix is.

Drop me a line at cudak888@aol.com if you have such an item for sale. Let me know price, shipping (if possible), and a photo, if you have one.

Thank you very much.

Take care,


AGE / VALUE:   In desperate need of onfo about a bike I have posted by: Kelly Lear on 7/1/2004 at 5:58:00 AM
I have an old Schwinn Tiger and I would like to have some information about it if possible. It is painted black I am not sure if that is the orignal color, but I feel that it is. It is a boys bike and on the top middle bar it has a US ordinance number 40252480 along with that it says US Army and has a red cross wih that. Also on the left rear fork there is a number that reads L01884X. This bike was given to me by my grandfather and we were curious to know its history and value. Any information you could give to me about this bike I would greatly, greatly appreciate. We have searched and searched the internet and local bike shops and cannot get anything. I Thank You for your time and any information you can give to us. Kelly Lear

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   In desperate need of onfo about a bike I have posted by sam on 7/1/2004 at 1:50:37 PM
Kelly,try this group,they may be able to help...
Your bike might have been used on a base.Most of the supply depots or repair depots use bikes for transportation.They are easy to get around on inside hangers or large warehouses etc. Some are even fitted with racks for tools.Did your grandfather work on a base? It might have been sold as surplus.---sam

MISC:   What is it? posted by: James Beeler on 6/29/2004 at 8:20:49 PM
Any idea what brand of frame resembles early- to mid- '60's Sears Spaceliners-- but top tube on female model is single bar instead of two bars, joined to bottom tube with short bar, and rear end of frame finishes in a point. Flanges on head tube suggesting tank or something attached there oringinally. I just like the lines of the frame, but can't get much more info. as I'm seeing these bikes on street in NYC. Sears ladies bike and two unknowns all painted a semi-metallic medium blue...



   RE:MISC: What is it? posted by Rif on 7/1/2004 at 4:05:52 AM
J.C.Higgins Flightliner

AGE / VALUE:   Coaster brakes posted by: Tim on 6/29/2004 at 1:20:05 PM
When rebuilding a old Bendix do I put any lube on the brakes or just install them dry?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Coaster brakes posted by Marty on 6/30/2004 at 8:42:27 PM
I have in the past lightly applied axel grease on the brake parts.Load up those bearings.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Coaster brakes posted by Rod on 4/28/2005 at 6:55:11 PM
When rebuilding any coaster brake hubs of Bendix, it's best to have everything lubricated from the inner brake shoes to the bearings; never install or reinstall any dry part of the hub because metal and metal rubbing together creates friction, which causes major damage to any and every part of the hub.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Csechoslovakian Pioner posted by: Taylor-Town-Cycles on 6/29/2004 at 2:18:57 AM
I just found a Pioner made in CSZECHOSLVAKIA,real nice,Barum 26x1.75" like new tires,ESKA hubs,cottered crank arms.Rear hub has 57 stamped on it,and first numbers in serial number are 58???
Any Idea?Information would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks marty

AGE / VALUE:   what kind of bike? posted by: chad on 6/26/2004 at 4:10:28 AM
i just acquired a bike i am unable to identify my best guess is 1930's western flyer,schwinn ,hawthorne,it is pre war but that is all i know for sure.i would be glad to email some pictures if some would be willing to help. all or any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks CHAD

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   what kind of bike? posted by marty on 6/29/2004 at 7:21:41 PM
You can email me the photos I will try to help you.
Marty mart6159@wowway.com

BALLOON:   Question of Year of Hiawatha St. Croix posted by: Rog on 6/26/2004 at 1:52:05 AM
I have come upon a Hiawatha St. Croix with a Delta Winner head light. It has a tank (no horn) and a skip tooth chain. It has front truss rods, a rear rack and is a blue frame with red and white tank, rack, etc.
I am interested if anyone knows about what year this bike was made and if it was pre or post war. Any help would be aprpeciated.
Thanks, Rog

   RE:BALLOON:   Question of Year of Hiawatha St. Croix posted by Gordon on 6/27/2004 at 3:00:04 PM
If you could email me a photo of the bike, preferably from the chainguard side, I could try and figure it out for you.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Question of Year of Hiawatha St. Croix posted by Rog on 6/29/2004 at 12:43:53 AM
Gordon,I do not have a camera to get it. Sorry. Do you know what years they made the St. Croix?

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Question of Year of Hiawatha St. Croix posted by Gordon on 6/29/2004 at 12:41:00 PM
I don't know what years they made the St. Croix. Is the frame made for a rear kickstand? If so, that would probably indicate it is prewar. The Winner headlight was made prewar and postwar, and so was skiptooth chain.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Question of Year of Hiawatha St. Croix posted by rog on 7/1/2004 at 2:07:00 AM
Thanks Gordon. It has a side kickstand, s I figure it is just past the pos-war (late 40's). It has a cool red fenders with white about 3/4 an inch on each side of the fenders, a red rack, and tank (but it did not come with a horn unit in the tank). The guy who has it made me an offer to buy it from him for $300. I'm serioiusly thinking about it. It is probably an 8 on a 1-10 scale.

AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Super Cruiser...... posted by: Fred A on 6/24/2004 at 1:07:47 AM
OK, I need some info from the Monark/Firestone experts. I just picked up (tonight) a woman's 26'' Firestone Super Cruiser from I believe is from the late 40's or early 50's. Cream paint with pale green fenders that have gold and white triple pinstripes on them. It has a train headlight which still works as well as a horn tank which also works. NO dents but kinda rough paint and chrome. 100% original down to the decayed ww tires. It's all there, rear rack included.

Can anyone give me the exact year with this info:
Model Number 180 29A 32H
Serial Number A1 425659

This was all on a plate under the bottom bracket. By the way, am I correct in assuming that Monark built this? The headbadge, in chrome, only says Firestone Super Cruiser. But to me the train headlight is a dead giveaway.

Any and all help GREATLY appreciated!!!!!

Fred A

MISC:   Early generator lights first use on bicycles? posted by: dent on 6/23/2004 at 8:28:18 PM
I have an early bicycle generator headlight & tailight with the name MAKE-A-LIGHT on it and was wondering about its age. When were the first generated lights used?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Year and Model...HELP posted by: Lee on 6/23/2004 at 1:54:00 AM
Have an "old" Blue Schwinn bike that was my dad's years ago.
However, is 10 speed with Serial # KR508259. Has Schwinn name plate. Cruiser style man's bike, no fenders.
Any help appreciated. Would like to restore.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Year and Model...HELP posted by gary m on 6/27/2004 at 8:59:21 PM
heres a thought. its not a collectible. its not even desireable in most areas. But it is a top quality bike. So lets examine its position. you dad bought it. you have kept it in memory of him, i am assuming. Every scratch and ding in that bike was done by your dad or you {or siblings} Call them scars, or tattoos if you will, i say fix what wrong and keep it like it is. I carry a tiny adjustable wrench on my keychain, as some folks do. mine however has my dads name on it, and i will always have it, seeing as how its a MAC and lifetime quality. i dont see much difference compared to you bike.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Year and Model...HELP posted by Rod on 4/28/2005 at 6:59:46 PM
According to the serial #, your dad's Schwinn was made in October of 1980.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Rossfast serial numbers posted by: Craig on 6/22/2004 at 11:45:12 AM
Does anyone have or know of a serial number listing for Rollfast bikes or the method of decoding the year of production?

BALLOON:   Good score yesterday posted by: Rif Addams on 6/20/2004 at 3:04:48 PM
Well saturday was great.
My roomie (Ali) scored a 24" balloner step-through.
She prefers these orphans as she is only about 5'1" and feels more in control on the 24" bikes than on her '49 Schwinn 26".
Anyway, yesterday when I picked up my rebuilt wheel at the L.B.S. there was a barn fresh, rattled-canned, blue bike leaning on it's kickstand amongst the other bikes there. Upon closer inspection I figured it to be a Columbia by the frame construction (no Headbadge). I asked my bike guy a bit about it and he said it had just come in. He said $35.00 for it was his price. Knowing this had to be late forties or early fifties, I figured that was not out of line for the condition (it coulda been peddaled outta the store)and such.
I hung out to chat a bit and commented on the vintage, mint condition, Blue glitter, vinyl saddlebags and cool rear rack he had laying on the counter.
He tells me those just came in on another bike and he doesn't know what to do with 'em because they are just ugly.
Personally I dig wierd crap like that and thought the saddlebags would be pretty cool on the blue Columbia; the rack for a hot rod Huffy I'm working on. I told him if he threw them in, Ali would probably buy the 'Blue Bomber' 24" bike.
He says "okay".
I boogied home to tell Ali; she said "yeah.", so I called to tell him we'd pick it up the next day (saturday).
Well, we got it home and I started testing the finish. Underneath the rattle-can coating is the original laquer finish. I began to carefully polish out the bike and the original blue and cream paint is 'coming out' niceley! It's showing it's age but it's still in fairly nice shape!!! What's making it easier is that the rattle-can paint is an almost exact match to the Columbia's blue finish, so what's not coming out is actualling blending in very well.
In doing more research I discovered that the bike is in fact a very early production 1950!
WHoo-Hoo! Cool day...